We often receive questions about the contagiousness of gum disease and other oral health concerns. Unfortunately, there’s no one general answer that we can apply to everything associated with your smile. From disorders to sores and the general spread of germs, these are unique and something we can address on a case by case basis only. For very common inquiries, we think our quiz may be of assistance. For anything you’re still curious about, please feel comfortable enough to ask!
Quiz Questions: True or False?
- True or False: If you have an oral sore, no matter what it is, it’s something you can share with someone else.
- True or False: Gum disease is contagious, so if you have it, you should do everything you can to avoid kissing, sharing food, etc.
- True or False: You should avoid sharing toothbrushes with your spouse because they might carry contagious germs on them, which may lead to sharing sicknesses, too.
- False. Some sores are contagious, such as cold sores. Others are not, such as canker sores. If you are unsure, the best rule to follow is to avoid contact and sharing cups and utensils until you see us for a diagnosis.
- False. This isn’t exactly accurate. You may be able to share the bacteria that are responsible for the development of gum disease through saliva. However, the disease itself is not contagious. To avoid any risk, see us ASAP for periodontal care.
- True. We always suggest everyone use his or her own toothbrush no matter what. Sharing them, even if it’s with your spouse, may lead to the transfer of common germs (like cold or flu) as well as unique bacteria from your mouth that should stay in your mouth.
Ask Us About Oral Health And Contagious Concerns!
If you’re concerned about your oral health and the possible spread of problems like sores or gingivitis, please speak with us as soon as you can, so we may address everything you need help with. Learn more by scheduling a visit in Prairie Village, KS by calling Robert M Browne, DDS at (913) 901-8585.